The Merino Wool Difference
For anyone who is looking to purchase a wool garment for the first time it can be difficult to ascertain what makes a great wool garment. Knowing what to look for will go a long way to making the right decision when purchasing something made with wool.
As with any garment, having an understanding of the material used in its manufacture is the key consideration when determining its quality. Never is this more evident than when considering the type of wool used in a garment as this will often determine the benefits obtained from the wool itself.
Of the many breed of sheep and blends, merino wool is regarded as having some of the greatest and remarkable features available. The key to the success of merino is found in the exceptionally fine wool fibres which makes it the softest of all wool.
For the wool purist, wool quality is determined by wool fibre bundles, which is a naturally formed lock of wool, and is a measure of the quality of the fibre in relation to its length and fineness. For merino wool garment applications, general fineness is less than 21.5 micron (medium fine class) with the range extending to an ultra fine class (11.5 - 15 micron).
One of the major benefits obtained from the fineness of the wool is the capacity for the garment to keep its shape. In essence, the finer the wool fibre the greater its elasticity, which essentially means the more likely the garment will retain its original shape over time. This can considerably increase the longevity of the item with respect to wear.
Merino wool is also flush with natural properties that stem beyond the fabric being luxuriously soft. Merino fibres have a natural ability to breathe meaning the fabric will absorb large quantities of moisture vapour and evaporate it which makes the garments less prone to moistness.
This capacity to absorb moisture also means that the garment will absorb sweat. The byproduct of this is the absorption of any associated odours which are released when the garment is washed. This capacity to absorb moisture also makes the garment less likely to generate static which means that merino wool garments attract less dust and lint.
Merino fibres are also highly sensitive to changes in your body temperature which means that a merino wool garment will keep you warm when it is cold whilst adapting to keep you cool when worn in warmer weather.
Not only is merino wool a completely natural and biodegradable fabric, the unique characteristics of the material means that designers have been able to create highly fashionable garments that are colourful and elegant. Don’t just take our word for it, shop our mens and womens merino wool clothing range now to see for yourself.